|Publication number||US6881901 B2|
|Application number||US 10/645,212|
|Publication date||Apr 19, 2005|
|Filing date||Aug 21, 2003|
|Priority date||Aug 21, 2003|
|Also published as||US20050039940|
|Publication number||10645212, 645212, US 6881901 B2, US 6881901B2, US-B2-6881901, US6881901 B2, US6881901B2|
|Original Assignee||Fallon Egan|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (18), Referenced by (19), Classifications (12), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to a connection cover. More particularly, the present invention relates to a cable connection cover.
2. Description of the Related Art
Electrical cables can be connected or spliced by mechanically connecting the conductors of the cables, enclosing the connected conductors with a fluid or moldable electrically insulating material, such as butyl tape or cold and heat shrinks, and then covering the material with an outer covering layer to protect the splice. The use of a fluid or flowable plastic material to cover the splice forms a moisture-proof connection. The outer covering layer typically has its ends sealed or clamped to the cable to additionally seal the interior of the splice against moisture.
One embodiment of the connection cover comprises a generally cylindrical body formed by two main body sections. The two main body sections, when assembled, form two openings on either end of the cover, allowing access to the open chamber within the cover. Connectors engage the main body sections along contact edges. The dimensions of the main body sections are sized depending on the size of the connection and connection members to be protected. Once the connection is made, the main body sections are then placed on either side of the connection with the connection members extending from the cover openings. The two sections are then engaged by the main body section connectors to form a cover for the connection.
In a second embodiment, two gaskets engage the two main body sections to form a seal between the contact edges when the connection cover is assembled. The gaskets also engage the main body opening surfaces. For assembly, the gaskets are engaged with each respective main body section before the sections are engaged around the connection. The two main body sections are then connected to form a moisture-proof seal between the contact edges of the main body sections. The gaskets also form a moisture-proof seal around the connection members for protecting the connection inside the connection cover.
In a third embodiment, the connection cover may have more than two openings for protecting connections with more than two connection members.
The invention comprises a combination of features and advantages that enable it to overcome various problems of prior devices. The various characteristics described above, as well as other features, will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art upon reading the following detailed description of the embodiments, and by referring to the accompanying drawings.
For a more detailed description of the embodiments, reference will now be made to the following accompanying drawings:
The present invention relates generally to a connection cover and is susceptible to embodiments of different forms. The drawings and the description below disclose in detail a specific embodiment of the present invention with the understanding that this disclosure is to be considered an exemplification of the principles of the invention, and is not intended to limit the invention to that illustrated and described in the disclosure. Further, it is to be fully recognized that the different teachings of the embodiments discussed below may be employed separately or in any suitable combination to produce desired results.
In addition, connection cover 510 comprises gaskets 550, 560 that engage the surfaces 516, 518, respectively, of the main body sections 512, 514. The gaskets 550, 560 comprise tongue sections 552, 562, respectively, designed to mate with groove sections 554, 564, respectively, when the connection cover 510 is assembled. The gaskets 550, 560 also comprise opening surfaces 556, 558, 566, 568 that engage the main section opening surfaces 528, 530, 532, 534, respectively.
Once the connection to be protected has been made, the main body sections 512, 514 with the gaskets 550, 560 in place are engaged around the connection by inserting the inserts 521, 523, 524, 526 into the receptors 520, 522, 525, 527 and locking them into position. When assembled, the opening surfaces 528, 530, 532, 534 form the openings 536, 538 to allow the cables or connectors to extend from the connection cover 510. The openings 536, 538 may be designed for whatever size and shape needed to allow the cables or connectors to extend from the connection cover 510. The openings 536, 538 may also be different sizes and shapes from each other. The gaskets 550, 560 form a moisture-proof seal between the two main body sections 512, 514 along the edges 516, 518 when the connection cover 510 is assembled. The gaskets 550, 560 also engage the cables or connectors extending through the openings 536, 538. The gaskets thus also form a moisture-proof seal around the cables or connectors for protecting the connection inside the connection cover 510. The releasable tabs 540-543 also allow the connection cover 510 to be disassembled and removed from the connection being protected, such as when maintenance or testing must be performed on the connection.
While different embodiments have been shown and described, modifications can be made by one skilled in the art without departing from the spirit or teaching of this invention. The embodiments as described are exemplary only and are not limiting. Many variations and modifications are possible and are within the scope of the invention. Accordingly, the scope of protection is not limited to the embodiments described herein, but is only limited by the claims that follow, the scope of which shall include all equivalents of the subject matter of the claims.
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|U.S. Classification||174/665, 16/2.1, 174/72.00C, 174/135|
|International Classification||H02G15/113, H02G15/013, H02G3/18|
|Cooperative Classification||H02G15/013, H02G15/113, Y10T16/05|
|European Classification||H02G15/013, H02G15/113|
|Jun 10, 2008||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Dec 3, 2012||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Apr 19, 2013||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Jun 11, 2013||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20130419